Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17

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  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jul 12, 2013
    It's not a film for everyone. Those who see it, however, will have trouble forgetting it.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    May 14, 2013
    After establishing a central parent-child relationship rife with wacko biblical undertones, the director finds nowhere to take his story except into standard vengeance territory.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    May 14, 2013
    Stick with the film, though, and you might find yourself strangely moved by its oddball mix of ripe melodrama, overwrought violence and regional verisimilitude.
  4. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Apr 12, 2013
    The film contains some memorable moments, and a pair of fine performances, but it’s hard not to feel that it would have proved more successful if it had stayed on the path it was heading down for the first forty minutes or so.
  5. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    May 15, 2013
    Too bad both actors are stuck in a hollow provocation. Pietà may be all about the burden of debt—financial, spiritual, or otherwise — but it’s the audience that really pays a price.

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